Miss Ohio USA Megan Wise was the honored guest speaker at the Annual Community Foundation of Mason County Benefit Dinner. The focus of the evening was “Building a Stronger Future For Mason County Youth.”
Megan is energetically involved and very passionate about children’s literacy as she works to instill a love of reading in today’s youth. She inspires audiences through her public speaking engagements to embrace children and provide them with the opportunity to develop a love for reading and education.
Christy Crowell, Executive Director for the Community Foundation of Mason County said “Megan was a wonderful speaker who fit our program exactly. The audience enjoyed the program as Miss Wise incorporated her experiences into our theme “Building a Stronger Future for Mason County Youth.” “Megan’s love and appreciation for local communities as well as the message she will deliver at our foundation benefit made her one of the top sought after speakers for our event. Our goal is to emphasize the need for youth based programs” commented Crowell.
“The Community Foundation of Mason County was delighted to host the reigning Miss Ohio USA. Children are her passion and children are our focus for our benefit this year. Megan did an outstanding job in inspiring our guests to help sustain a valuable future for the youth of Mason County,” commented Mario Liberatore, Board Chair, Community Foundation of Mason County.
MCCF, Inc. presented Fall 2016 Community Grant Awards. Community grants are provided twice a year from the annual earnings of our unrestricted grants funds – the Mason County Community, Youth, and Arts Funds, the Dickens Family Fund, and the Jackson Foundation.
MCCF, Inc. received a number of requests this year – a total of over $235,000 of needed funding. We were able to provide a total of $150,000 for various projects this year. On Thursday evening we presented $82,453 for 18 important projects through our Fall Community Grants.
The Jackson Foundation funded grant projects for The Point Pleasant Intermediate school Music Classroom, The Mason County 4-H Leaders Dining Hall Project Phase III- which will be named in honor of Gordon C. & Mildred R. Jackson, The Mason County Development Authority Website and Marketing Package, The Point Pleasant Youth Football League Equipment, Pleasant Valley Hospital’s Mason County School Based Health Services Program , and The Point Pleasant Rotary Club Law Enforcement Program Banquet.
Mason County Community Foundation Grants included funding for the following:
-Make A wish will send a Mason County child with a life threatening condition and his family of 4 to Disney World.
-Wahama Jr Sr High School will be able to purchase the full collection of Orca Soundings high interest, low level reading books for the library to meet the needs of struggling readers.
-Wahama Jr Sr High School will be able to purchase archer targets.
-Point Pleasant Jr Sr High School will be able to buy high interest novels to match students with below average reading comprehension.
The last 3 grants are funded through the Dickens Family Fund:
-Point Pleasant Intermediate School will be able to purchase robots (Spheros and Ozobots) increasing technology knowledge.
-Wahama Jr Sr High School will be able to purchase interactive electronic books for social studies.
-Wahama Jr Sr High School will be able to purchase drying racks for art work.
MCCF, Inc. would like to thank all of the sponsors who help support our event:
Constellium Rolled Products
Homestead Realty, Sandy Dunn Broker
Ohio Valley Bank
City National Bank
City Ice and Fuel
Due to the financial assistance of our Matching Fund/Dinner Sponsors. Local businesses and individuals helped build a Matching Fund to provide these 5 selected local charities with a $1,000 grant each.
1. Crosslights of Hope- Back Pack & Food Pantry Programs
2. Main Street- Back Pack Program
3. Bend Area Food Pantry
4. Mason County Baby Pantry
5. Pleasant Valley Hospital- Bright Beginnings Unit
MCCF, Inc. would like to thank each charity for working so hard to improve the lives of so many people in Mason County.
For more information about our funds or how you too can get involved to improve the quality of your community, please contact MCCF, Inc. The Community Foundation of Mason County- MCCF, Inc. is a non-profit public charity created by local citizens to build permanent endowment funds and issue grants and scholarships to meet community needs. You can learn more about the Community Foundation of Mason County at cfofmc.com or contact Christy Sizemore Crowell, Executive Director at 304-372-4500 or email at [email protected].